June 17, 2012
Rasmus, Cecil lead Jays to sweep
By BOB ELLIOTT, QMI Agency
TORONTO - Tony Rasmus watched from the football press box.
He watched from the TV booth while talking with broadcasters Alan Ashby and Pat Tabler.
He liked what he saw on Father's Day.
Rasmus saw his son Colby collect three hits, including a double and his 10th home run, knocking in three runs as the Blue Jays beat the Philadelphia Phillies 6-2 Sunday afternoon.
After opening the home stand, being swept by the first-place Washington Nationals, the Jays rallied to sweep the last-place Philadelphia Phillies, the finale played before the season's second sell-out crowd of 45,062 fans.
"It's always good to watch your son get hits, especially on Father's Day," said Rasmus's father, an Alabama high school coach, portrayed as a villain in St. Louis before his son was dealt to the Jays last year.
"I'm tired of hearing about John Farrell. All I hear from Colby is 'John Farrell this, John Farrell that,'" he joked. "John is such a positive influence for Colby."
With the 3-for-4 day and two fine running catches in the outfield, the Jays centre fielder made the long trip worth his father's while. Tony was one of 13 Jays fathers flown in by WestJet to watch their sons on Father's Day.
The bad part is that Doug Drabek will be accompanying his son Kyle to Pensecola, Fla. to visit Dr. James Andrews.
John Morrow saw his son Brandon off for a flight to Tampa to rehab his right oblique muscle in Dunedin.
Scott Hutchison has concern over his son, Drew, headed to Cincinnati to have his sprained right elbow examined by Dr. Tim Kremchek.
The Jays lost three starters in a span of four games ... with serious injuries.
Drabek could need a second Tommy John surgery which means a year to 18 months before he returns to the rotation. Morrow is gone for at least two.
"I don't know if Brett (lead-off hitter Lawrie) and I are the catalysts to our lineup," said No. 2 hitter Colby. "But he has a lot of energy and I feed off it. We have a lot of good players in our lineup.
"That's why it was good to come out, get some hits, run down some balls and get the sweep."
Lefty Brett Cecil made his first start since Sept. 25, working five innings before turning things over to the bullpen. Cecil, who began the season at double-A New Hampshire and made one start at triple-A Las Vegas, threw 87 pitches and allowed two runs, including a home run to Jim Thome, his 100th as a member of the Phillies, the third team he's hit 100 or more homers with (he hit 337 with the Cleveland Indians and 134 with the Chicago White Sox).
Lefty Luis Perez pitched three solid innings allowing one base runner. Jason Frasor retired the final three outs stranding two runners.
The Jays head to Milwaukee, Miami and Boston on their trip.